[TUHS] long lived programs

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Fri Apr 6 14:58:43 AEST 2018

On Fri, 6 Apr 2018, Warner Losh wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 8:04 PM Random832 <random832 at fastmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, at 17:38, Bakul Shah wrote:
>>> May be case itself is such a historical artifact?  AFAIK all non-roman
>>> scripts are without case distinction.
>> Greek and Cyrillic both have cases. And the Hiragana/Katakana distinction
>> in Japanese is similar to case in some ways (including limited computer
>> systems using only one)
> Really? Those must be quite old as everything I've seen has both. But the
> difference between kata and kana is much larger than upper and lower case.
> It is rare to convert one to another as they are used to write different
> things. Only to look things up in a dictionary would you convert, and then
> you'd also be converting kanji to...
> In Roman languages, very little is changed with all caps, though a few
> things become ambiguous depending on the language...
> In Japanese, it could turn some foreign loan word into a native word with a
> totally different meaning...
> Warner

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